- Sarah Bengtsson
YOU DON'T REALLY WANT TO BE RICH
“The man who has no money is poor, but one who has nothing but money is poorer.”
– Orison Swett Marden
You know what, I don’t really think you want to be rich.
I think you want to sleep in and spend time with loved ones.
or take that trip to Italy and eat pizza all day.
or register for that marathon.
or have time for your passions. or to be able to tell your boss to f*ck off without having to worry about losing your livelihood.
You want to spend like you are rich (or, more accurately, like a rich person on their way to becoming poor). You want freedom.
Nothing really matters more in this industry than your net worth. So we all tend to ask these people about tips and tricks for building wealth, and sure, they got some awesome insights. But if it’s happiness you want, try looking at the seriously happy people and see how they spend their money. You know, the people who have found the way to live exactly the life that they want with the resources they have.
So you have to ask yourself “What do I want my life to be?”
And then invest every second and dollar into creating that life for yourself.
After all, you only become a millionaire if you haven’t spent that million. In fact, building up wealth is based on a whole load of decisions, one after another, not to buy.
Yeah, money gives you options. It gives your freedom to choose.
Choose how to spend your money.
Choose how to spend your day.
Choose how to spend your attention.
But none of that actually matters if you don’t know what you want to do with it.
To me, true wealth is peace of mind. Laughter. Nature. Time together with family and friends. The chance to appreciate the small moments in life. None of those can be achieved by overspending. When I do spend money, I don’t feel guilty. Because that spending is building towards my own version of a rich life.
So, I ask you - What is a rich life for you?